Your view: Domestic violence help for younger teenagers

24/04/12

Model portraying domestic abuse victim

The government says it is looking at changing the laws on domestic violence to cover 16 and 17-year-old victims.

At the moment they only apply to over-18s.

Charities say 16 and 17-year-olds are too old for child protection services but too young for help from domestic violence groups.

The government says it is looking at changing the law to make more help available for more teenagers.

It is thought 19,000 women over the age of 18 experience domestic violence every week in the UK.

Domestic abuse also accounts for 18% of all violent crime in England and Wales.

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A in Lincoln - I got into an abusive relationship at 22 and it took me til I was 31 to get out. I'm a solicitor and don't consider myself gullable but these men operate in a very manipulative way. Younger girls need this help.

Nat in Surrey - More needs to be done at a school level to educate and help people.

Daniel from High Wycombe - I'm a man who experienced domestic violence against me for 2 years. What about us? The system still seems to think it doesn't include men.

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Natasha Bevan - Yes. Thugs are getting younger and younger now. So their partners need to be covered when they have too many 'ciders down the park' and they get angry.

Jay Mynard - I know a few people who have been through it under the age of 18. My girlfriend used to hit me and I had to tolerate it, nothing I could do.

Emma Radwanski - I think that it should change, if men and women are allowed to get married at 16-17 or even just allowed to live with their partners at that age then they will be in a situation where they have a risk of being hurt or violated.

Liam Ruff - I'm 17 now but covered domestic violence and other topics in 'citizenship' at school, if they've learnt it in school and still choose to do it, they should be dealt with in the same way.

Jey Harvey - This over 18 thing is crazy. Abuse by a partner at any age is wrong. What about a 15 yr old? Are they allowed to get battered and abused? Is it ok because they're under 18? I never knew this 'law' existed. Get it changed now.

Here are some links you may find useful:

National Domestic Violence

Refuge

Women's Aid